Every player has a routine when they finish up a practice and get into the locker room. For Ryan Graves, he takes his helmet off and immediately puts on an Avalanche baseball cap, usually backward. He looks at me and flashes the smile that’s made him so popular on Avalanche social media. We sit and talk about a little hockey…

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A.J. Haefele was born in Aurora, Colorado, raised in Katy, Texas and is the Colorado Avalanche beat reporter for DNVR. AJ helped launch the network back in 2015 and has filled roles as a team leader and Editor-In- Chief, along with co-hosting the DNVR draft podcasts along with his other duties. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Avalanche podcast.